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Spend a day exploring Liverpool, a beautiful city located on the River Mersey, which used to be a key trade and migration port from the 18th century and its claim to fame now is that its the home of the Beatles!

Spend some time wandering along the pier with the ferries cruising by and spotting the three iconic mercantile buildings: The Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. Stop for a bite to eat and a relaxing drink at the Albert Docks and watch the world go by and immerse yourself in Liverpool’s rich history!

Here are 8 things to do on a day out:

1. St. Lukes Bombed Out Church

St. Luke’s church suffered catastrophic damage during the Blitz in 1941 and was left with only its outside brickwork standing.

For 60 years the church lay derelict and became extremely overgrown and therefore inaccessible.

Finally, the church was cleared and became a venue for theatre, dance and music events as well as being a Grade 2 listed building and a registered war memorial.

Top Tip: Check out the church events here

Liverpool

2. Chinatown

Explore Europe’s oldest Chinatown that dates back to 1834 when the first Chinese vessel arrived at the Liverpool Docks to trade goods such as silk.

Enjoy lunch at one of the many delicious restaurants or if you don’t feel like a sit down meal, fear not, as there are plenty of takeaways!

Stock up on supplies at one of the numerous supermarkets or shop for souvenirs at one of the little curio shops.

Top Tip: Visit the Bagelry, an independent bakery and cafe set in the heart of Chinatown

Chinatown
The Bagelry
The Bagelry
Liverpool

3. Murals

Liverpool is famous for its excellent murals and sculptures, which can be found all around the city. Keep your eyes open for what is painted on the side of a building or a sculpture that has been erected at the end of a road.

The 2 most famous murals are the Abbey Road Mural and the Liverpool Wings

The Abbey Road Mural was commissioned in 2019 by The Beatles Story to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album and was painted by Paul Curtis. Take a selfie and put yourself on the famous Abbey Road.

The Liverpool Wings, also painted by Paul Curtis, which is the street art known as ‘For All Liverpool’s Liver birds’ was unveiled in 2017 and is very popular as people love to transform themselves into the iconic Liver Bird!

Top Tip: Abbey Road is located on Grafton Road and then keep on going straight to reach Jamaica Street where the Liverpool Wings can be found

Abbey Road
Selfie
Liverpool
Liverpool
Liverpool

4. Liverpool Cathedral

Head on over to the beautiful Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool, which is built on St. James’s Mount and is where the Bishop of Liverpool sits.

The cathedral is based on a design by Giles Gilbert Scott and was built between 1904 and 1978.

The total external length of the building is 189 metres, which makes it the world’s longest cathedral!

Opening hours can be viewed here.

Top Tip: Climb to top of the tower for amazing views over Liverpool

Liverpool
Cathedral

5. Royal Albert Docks

This is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses, designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick. It first opened in 1846 and was Britain’s first structure to be built with just cast iron, brick and stone with no structural wood.

The enclosed design of these docks and the direct loading and unloading of goods from the warehouses meant that it was the most secure of the docks within Liverpool and therefore became a popular store for valuable cargos such as ivory, sugar, cotton, tobacco, tea and brandy.

Today, the Royal Albert Docks are now the place to relax, eat, drink and be merry, shop, sightsee and more! There are all sorts of cafes, restaurants, bars and food vans. You are spoiled for choice!

There is a Ferris wheel for thrill seekers (the Liverpool Eye?!) along with an aqua park and paddle boards for hire.

You can take a boat ride along the River Mersey and pick up the tourist bus from here. For walking tours and other ideas, check out my Handy Travel Apps page.

There are year round exhibitions for art, music and heritage and several museums, including the Museum of Liverpool.

For the Beatles fans, this is where the Beatles Story can be found along with a great Beatles shop.

Top Tip: It’s a lot of fun!

Liverpool
Royal Albert Docks
Liverpool

6. The Beatles Statue

This is a must for any Beatles fan visiting Liverpool!

The iconic bronze statue, sculpted by Andrew Edwards, is located at the waterfront opposite the Royal Liver Building. It arrived in December 2015 and was donated by the Cavern Club. It’s placement coincides with the the 50th anniversary of the Beatles last concert in Liverpool, which was played at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

What makes them more interesting, is the small person detail on each statue. See if you can spot them

  • Ringo Starr has the number 8 on his boot, which stands for L8, his childhood Liverpool postcode
  • George Harrison has Sanskrit writing on the belt of his coat
  • Paul McCartney has a camera in his hand
  • John Lennon carries acorns

Top Tip: Have your picture taken with Britain’s most iconic band

The Beatles

7. The Royal Liver Building

The Royal Liver Building, which stands as a symbol of Liverpool and its history and people, can be found at the heart of the city’s vibrant waterfront area.

Building began in 1908 and when it first opened in 1911 it was 322 feet tall, Europe’s first skyscraper and one of the world’s first buildings to be built using reinforced concrete.

In 2019, this building opened its doors to the public, so book your visit and discover the hidden secrets of the building and head up to the 15th floor to get beautiful, panoramic views across Liverpool.

Top Tip: Adult (16 +) tickets are ยฃ15 and child tickets are ยฃ10

Liverpool

8. Oh Me Oh My

This is THE place to go in Liverpool for drink and bite to eat. Downstairs is decorated beautifully and the roof garden, as well as being a great place to sit, offers amazing views of the Royal Liver Building and across the River Mersey.

Book in advance for afternoon tea downstairs.

Top Tip: Choose a clear day to enjoy the roof garden

Oh me oh my
Liverpool
Liverpool

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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